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Zimmer: Vikings got confidence in offense back despite loss to Lions

By Matthew Coller

While Minnesota Vikings fans may be quoting the below scene from Dumb and Dumber after Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, head coach Mike Zimmer said in his Monday press conference the team feels much better about its offense after losing to the Lions in overtime than they did the previous two losses against Philadelphia and Chicago.

“I felt like our football team has gotten some confidence back after yesterday, even though we lost,” Zimmer said. “I’m hopeful they’ll carry it forward through the rest of the season. If we do that, we’re going to win some games…honestly, I don’t know after the Chicago game that there was a lot of confidence in the offense. Now I think there’s some confidence in the things they accomplished yesterday.”

The improvements were noticable. There was the fact that Sam Bradford finished the game with a 76.9 (out of 100) in ESPN’s QBR statistic as opposed to QBRs of 7.6 and 20,9 the previous two weeks and the fact that he was able to release the ball in 2.1 seconds as opposed to 2.6 the previous two weeks. Zimmer noted that the protection was better, though some of that would be because of the quick releases.

“I thought we had good communication from the coaches to the offense, I thought the adjustments that we made were good…I thought there was a lot of good things,” he said.

The offense was improved, but far from perfect. They went 2-for-5 in the red zone, including one disastrous drive that started at the Detroit 18 and ended with a punt and another that ended on a failed 4th-and-1 attempt.

“The most disappointing thing that we did yesterday offensively was when we got the interception, we had two penalties on that drive and we have to punt the football,” Zimmer said. “Points are always going to be at a premium for us right now the way we’re playing. On the 4th-and-1 when we went for it and didn’t get it, I was really trying to instill some more confidence in the offense. It didn’t work out that way, but that was my thinking going in.”

Zimmer noted a running statistic that he has used before, “run efficiency,” which the team grades whether a run was a positive play and said that was the case 61% of the time against Detroit. The team still only ended up with 3.1 yards per carry, however.

The post Zimmer: Vikings got confidence in offense back despite loss to Lions appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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